2013 NFL Power Rankings: Post-NFL Draft Edition

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May 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) stands ready during rookie minicamp at the Raiders team headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

31. Oakland Raiders

Much like the previously mentioned Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders are going through a ton of change. I saw a graphic on ESPN at one point this offseason that showed how the Raiders had drafted guys ahead of the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, etc. and that’s pretty much why they had to gut their roster this past year. Oakland let go of a ton of bad cap space this offseason, including quarterback Carson Palmer, who is now with the Arizona Cardinals. With Palmer out, the Raiders have the most unsettled QB situation in the league. Fans are hoping for a breakout year from one of Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, or Tyler Wilson. The Raiders will be contenders for the #1 pick this year, I think.

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  • Max Campagna

    Vikings at 20? No holes to fill, Greg Jennings, and three first round draft picks. Plus, Christian Ponder showed improvement early on and later in the season. They also made the playoffs last season. You clearly haven’t analyzed the Vikings roster, watched them play, evaluated their draft, coaches and management. And what makes them go from a top 12 team last year to number 20?
    Was it the three first round draft picks? Was it Greg Jennings? Yeah…thought so. Ignorant fucker.

    • SayreBedinger

      Is it really that big of a deal that you had to make such an offensive comment? The Vikings are counting on a big year from Christian Ponder. I am not buying into Ponder until I see him prove on the field that he can be more than an average QB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/egan.bailey Egan Bailey

    Sorry, ‘Niners at SIXTH??? Not even top 2 or 3? Yeah, sure they went to the NFC Championship game 2 years ago, went to the Superbowl last year, and they return one of the best defenses while they added on a great draft class… but they’re SIXTH? A team looking to make another Superbowl run shouldn’t be listed at number six man…

    • http://www.facebook.com/trevor.wilkinson.520 Trevor Wilkinson

      So who are they better than in the top 5?

    • SayreBedinger

      I like the five QBs ahead of them on the list better than Kaepernick. Being at #6 on this list is not a bad thing at all. This is going to be a big year in the NFL, and the Niners are among the elite teams in the NFL.

  • Ben Peterson

    I can respect this. I do think that the Rams are better than their ranking. But that’s just me.

    • SayreBedinger

      Thanks Ben. This was a tough ranking to make. I think the Rams had as good an offseason as any team in their division, which is saying something. I think they are a sleeper playoff candidate this year. I’m concerned most about their safety position and the loss of Steven Jackson.

  • matt reinert

    The rams went 4-1-1 in the bet division in football with the addition of tj mcdonald and they still have finnegan and janoris jenkins and you have them at 25?????

  • matt reinert

    I also might add its the first time in bradfords career that he has the same offensive cordonator in 2 years in a row